Bhopal: While the farmers’ stir continued to spread to more areas of Madhya Pradesh and there was news of death of one more farmer injured earlier in a clash with Police, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday went into the damage control mode and announced that he would be sitting on fast and wait for farmers to hold a discussion with them at BHEL’s Dussehra ground at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Chouhan made this announcement at his first briefing on farmers’ agitation. The chief Minister, who has accused Congress of hatching a conspiracy to incite the farmers, said there is evidence against unlawful elements who unleashed violence.
The Chief Minister said that every time the farmer has faced a crisis, he has stopped sitting in Vallabh Bhavan or the Chief Minister’s official residence. Come to Dassehra Maidan and have a discussion to find a solution through peaceful means, he added.
“I will wait for the farmers to hold a discussion with them. My fast will continue till there is a solution; till we attain peace”, the chief minister announced. He also said that the government will deal strictly with the anti-social elements. “Ensuring public safety and law and order is my responsibility”, he emphasised.
Instigators have put stones into the hands of the young people, the Chief Minister said adding we won’t compromise on security. He also appealed for peace.
In a related development, videos and audio messages have gone viral on social networking platforms showing some Congress leaders instigating crowds to burn police stations, destroy property and even kill.